‘Embarrassed’ lifeguard saved by hovercraft after getting stuck in mud patrolling beach

PUBLISHED: 07:33 11 August 2017 | UPDATED: 08:39 11 August 2017

The lifeguard was stuck in mud. Picture: Burnham Coastguard Facebook page,

The lifeguard was stuck in mud. Picture: Burnham Coastguard Facebook page,

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A lifeguard had to be rescued by the RNLI, Coastguard and BARB Search and Rescue after his quad bike got stuck in the mud while he was patrolling the beach.

Burnham Coastguard, BARB and the RNLI were on the scene. Picture: Burnham Coastguard Facebook page.Burnham Coastguard, BARB and the RNLI were on the scene. Picture: Burnham Coastguard Facebook page.

The Coastguard was called at 1.07pm to reports of a lifeguard and his quad bike which had become bogged down in the mud on Burnham-on-Sea beach.

He was covering the lifeguard shift from another beach in Devon and was on his way back to the lifeguard tower after his shift.

But his quad bike began to sink and there was no way of unplugging it by hand.

It was BARB Search and Rescue Hovercraft who were able to tow the vehicle out.

A spokesman for Burnham Coastguard said the man was ‘embarrassed’ and it should be a warning to others about how easy it is to get ‘caught out’ on the beach.

They said: “This is a timely reminder that no matter who you are or how trained you are, you can get caught out by the mud on our beach.

“It’s important to remember the reason for sinking was the weight of the quad.

The lifeguard hadn’t been on a beach with such soft sand and mud before and was by his own admission caught out.

“Being quite embarrassed and getting a fair amount of banter from everyone on scene, he was sent on his way back to the lifeguard point where we’re sure he will have received a good dose of well-administered safety advice from the rest of his team members.

“Please remember that the red safety flags are there for a reason, do not stray beyond them.

“Many people who came to watch walked past them before being turned back by our team members.”

If you see anyone in difficulty along the beach, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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